Some of the symptoms that people blame on allergies could in fact be a reaction to pests in our homes and office buildings. Many people don’t realize that not only can roaches and mice carry diseases like e-coli and salmonella, they can also cause allergic reactions in many people.
Research has shown that common household pests like mice, rats, and roaches can all cause allergic reactions. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) the saliva, feces, and shedding body parts of cockroaches can trigger allergies. When small particles containing body parts and fluids become airborne they may aggravate a person’s allergies in the same way that a dust mite can. Research has also found that roaches could be exacerbating asthma in people who are prone to it. A study by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that higher exposure to cockroach dust may explain why some New York City children have asthma while others do not.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) came together with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to look into the connection between pests and people suffering from allergic reactions. According to the survey of approximately five hundred doctors that specialize in allergies, rodents in particular can be a trigger for allergies. Ninety-seven percent of the doctors in this survey concluded that eradicating pests from homes is an important measure in preventing asthma and allergy symptoms. Many doctors in the survey concluded that roaches caused severe problems and more than half of them stated that rodents were the second most problematic pest when it came to allergies. According to research from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the primary source of allergens from rats and mice is their urine, specifically in proteins called pheromones. Because the allergen can be in the urine and fecal matter you don’t even need to see the rodent to have the adverse reaction. The proteins in the rodent’s urine are so allergenic that roughly one third of people who frequently come in contact with rodents will develop allergies to them.
In the AAFA/NPMA survey, ninety percent of the doctors concluded that it was a good idea to consult with a pest management professional if there is a possibility of a pest problem. The right professionals will not only know how to get rid of your current pest problem but recognize the importance of cleanup after the infestation is under control.
Trius Pest Management will not only take steps to control the infestation at hand but we offer a vacuuming and sanitizing service that uses an advanced HEPA filter to ensure that the allergens left behind from pests are properly removed. The three most important steps to relieve the allergy symptoms are to remove the source of the allergen (the pest), remove the traces of the allergen (the particles in the air that carry the shed skin or pheromones), and exclude the pest(s) from returning. Restore your healthy home environment; Trius Pest Management can help you get there.